When is Superman’s actual birthday?

On November 11th, 2015, /u/Airtrap commented on the fact that Superman: American Alien #1 seemed to give us the date of Superman’s birthday:

That was immensely cute, i like Kid Clark more than any adult version.

Also his “Birthday” is April the 18th, who knew

Who knew? I’d say that I should have, as the DC Multiverse Historian, but I actually didn’t – because this is the first time, I believe, that date’s been used in story continuity. That bolded bit is important, as you’ll soon see!

In this post I look at the many birthdays of Superman. In the original Reddit conversation we got a little sidetracked and I ended up covering where Smallville is located, what times of year corn grows there and, therefore, what the fields should look like when Clark’s craft crashed but as this birthday post has grown way bigger that will have to wait until a future post ;)

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What’s the deal with Superman Blue and Superman Red?

On February 10th, 2015, /u/dispenserhere asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

Hi, I’ve just started reading JLA. I’m up to around no 15 but I’m still completely clueless what’s going on with Superman. Why is all different and blue? No-one else seems to be mentioning it.

I’m guessing it’s something going on in his comics, but I can’t find anything on it.

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Yo listen up here’s a story about a Superman that lives in a blue world… ahem sorry. Anyway, here are the events that lead Superman to saying “I’m blue!” (DA BA DE DA BA DI… sorry again! That song’s just too darn catchy). Here we go:

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Did Superman once renounce his American citizenship?

On November 18th, 2014, /u/IrateGinger asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

I remember a few years ago, when I wasn’t reading a lot of comics, there was talk about a Superman story where he was going to renounce his American citizenship, but I never heard what came about from this. Did he permanently give it up? Or did he get it back later? Or did the writers just kinda ignore it?

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The most relevant details are in this Screenrant piece, but yeah, it did happen – kinda – in Action Comics #900. But it’s a bit more complicated.

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